Chapter 2:
The 3D Asset Management Maturity Model

How to get Started with 3D Asset Management

Embarking on 3D asset management for an organization involves a systematic approach to efficiently handle and utilize three-dimensional assets, digital twins and simulation models.

Here’s a step-by-step guide to help you get started:

1. Define Objectives and Scope:

Clearly outline the goals and objectives of implementing 3D asset management within your organization. Determine the scope of your 3D assets, including types of assets (models, animations, textures), intended use cases, and target platforms.

2. Assess Current Assets and Tools:

Conduct an inventory of existing 3D assets and tools your organization possesses. Evaluate the proficiency of your team in handling 3D content and identify any gaps in software, hardware, or skills.

3. Select 3D Asset Management System:

Choose a suitable 3D asset management system or software that aligns with your organization’s needs. Consider features like version control, collaboration capabilities, and integration with other tools.

4. Establish Naming Conventions and Metadata:

Develop a standardized naming convention for 3D assets to ensure consistency and easy retrieval. Once this is complete, implement a robust metadata system to include essential information like creation date, author, version, and usage rights.

5. Implement Version Control & Approval Workflows:

Set up a version control system to track changes to 3D assets, ensuring that the team can collaborate seamlessly without risking data loss or inconsistencies. This can also include approval processes, so a 3D asset moves through a Kanban board as each team or manager approves specific steps in the quality control process.

6. Provide Training and Resources:

Train your team on 3D asset management best practices and the chosen system. Equip them with the necessary resources, including access to tutorials, documentation, and support channels.

7. Integrate with Workflows:

Integrate the 3D asset management system into existing workflows to streamline processes. This may involve integration with design, development, project management tools and sales and marketing. Commone API integration with 3D asset management systems include PLM, PIM, CRM, CMS and eCommerce.

8. Establish Access Controls:

Implement access controls and permissions to ensure that team members only have access to the 3D assets relevant to their roles.

9. Backup and Security Measures:

Implement regular backup procedures to safeguard against data loss. Implement security measures to protect sensitive 3D assets, especially if they involve proprietary or confidential information.

10. Monitor and Iterate:

Regularly monitor the usage and effectiveness of your 3D asset management system. Gather feedback from team members and stakeholders to identify areas for improvement and iterate on your processes.

By following these steps, your organization can lay a solid foundation for effective 3D asset management, enhancing collaboration, efficiency, and the overall quality of your 3D content.